This is a pretty tired hotel in the North of Beijing. It's close to the Olympic Park and conference centres, but it's a 45 min tube ride into the centre so it's not ideally located for sightseeing.
Both the hotel and rooms lack basic amenities that you'd expect in what is a fairly expensive establishment. There was no bar, gym or pool (some sites say that it has fitness amenities, but I was informed by the concierge that guests have to use those in the next door Crowne Plaza at a cost of around £10 per day). Rooms don't have complimentary mineral water for brushing your teeth (tab water isn't drinkable in China), something which the other three hotels on this trip provided. For this and other things the supermarket in the basement of the nearby North Star Times (tall black building) was a godsend.
I spent a bit of time in the Crowne Plaza next door and it's so much nicer. If you need to stay in this area and can get a good deal I'd recommend staying there.
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